A new study highlights the importance of oral hygiene for people with type 2 diabetes, after finding that those with the condition may have better blood glucose levels if they look after their teeth. Read more.
Diabetes can affect your oral health in ways you might not expect.
First, when you have diabetes, it’s harder for your body to fight off infection, including gum disease. “Uncontrolled blood sugar lowers the healing response, which makes repairing gums and fighting off infection that much harder,” says Dr. Benjamin A. Lawlor of Maine Cosmetic...
On Monday nights, the waiting room outside the Columbus Health Department dental clinic bustles with people. Kids toggle on tablets and phones while the adults peruse the vending machines or read one of the free magazines left out on the table. Read more
“I believe that everyone in this country deserves the benefit of a totally integrated heath care system with access to timely, convenient, comprehensive, and culturally sensitive care.”
– Kenneth Wright, DMD, MPH, Chair of the HSDM Initiative to Integrate Oral Health and Medicine
Kenneth (Ken) Wright, DMD78, MPH79, vice president of dental services for Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of the Northwest, will become chair of the Initiative Board as of January 2018.
Ken brings an extensive background in medical-dental integration to the role. He joined Kaiser Permanente in 2011 after retiring from an impressive 30-year career in the Navy where he held leadership roles in the National Naval Dental Center, the National Naval Medical Center, and the U.S. Marine Corps Headquarters. As Deputy Director, Medical Resources Plans and Policy on the Chief of Naval Operations staff, Ken was responsible for delivering a balanced medical and dental program for the Navy and Marine Corps.
At Kaiser Permanente, Ken oversees the Dental Care Program for the Northwest Region’s twenty-one dental offices that serve 270,000 members. Kaiser Permanente Northwest’s business model integrates dental care into its system. Benefits to patients include access to convenient, coordinated services and an electronic health record that combines medical and dental history.